Parents share this common knowledge: kids hate eating the good stuff. When they’re infants it comes easy: mashed carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, etc. Somewhere between the ages of 2 and 3 they become predisposed to being contrary towards their choice in cuisine. As their palates develop, children want the tastiest treat– any time of the day.
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As parents, we don’t want to curb their choices, but broaden the scope of their dietary options. It is integral that this is done consistently for a child, as their adult eating habits will mirror their knowledge of healthy eating ingrained during adolescence. This post is designed to give you, the parent, new and healthy choices for your children. They mirror junk food meals that kids crave, but provide a source of nutrients otherwise unavailable through the commonly eaten kid’s meal.
Any and all ingredients suggested in this blog are of organic origin. This means food is grown without fertilizers, pesticides, and not processed or infused with preservatives.
1. My son enjoys Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s as much as Cheerios! I use almond milk instead of cow’s milk. It’s flavorful, and has an abundance of nutrients in it that are otherwise absent in cow’s milk, like fiber.
All of these ingredients make a snack that wont negatively impact my son’s diet. If you can go raw, do it. Buying alternative health foods isn’t enough, you have to be mindful of ingredients and the process the foods go through before hitting the shelves.
3. Ancient Harvest Quinoa Mac and Cheese is a quick and easy alternative to your traditional Mac and Cheese recipe that has an abundance of harmful ingredients in it.
Quinoa is a light and fluffy seed that takes on the taste of whatever it is mixed with. It is considered a “super food,” and gluten free!
4. Buckwheat Pancakes make breakfast a no-brainer. Buckwheat is a gluten free nutritionist’s go-to grain for cooking, and I couldn’t agree more, especially in the case of feeding my son.
The recipe I like to use can be found by following this link. It’s a simple, non-dairy recipe that broadens the scope of breakfast food possibilities!
5. Pizza is a huge factor in most children’s diets, but has close to zero nutritional value. I’ve found a unique way to turn this meal around with my nutrient dense pizza muffins.
Ezekiel makes a Sprouted Grain English Muffin, which I use in lieu of dough or a bagel. I then simply spread some organic tomato sauce, and sprinkle organic goat cheese on top before heating in the oven for a few minutes!
6. Chicken nuggets are what kids love most when hitting fast food restaurants like McDonald’s. Although my son does not eat meat, he shares the craving for this simple food.
If you feed your children meat, I suggest trying Applegate Farms Chicken Nuggets, a gluten free alternative to the traditional nugget. If your children do not eat meat I would suggest Natural Sea Premium Cod Fish Sticks instead.
Challenge your child’s palate by introducing healthy foods through traditional meals. As they grow older, they will understand that healthy food does not indicate tasteless food. Challenge yourself along with them, and explore the abundance of recipes and ingredients you may not have tried yet!